Crugnola-Carmellino dominate the Special Rally Circuit in the Temple of Speed

The two-time Italian rally champion Andrea Crugnola, sailed by Marina Carmellino, wins three of the four stages disputed and wins by over 20 seconds over Tosini-Peroglio. Zanazio-Brusa finish third on the only WRC Plus in the race.

Andrea Crugnola is the winner of the sixth edition of the Special Rally Circuit organized by Vedovati Corse. The expert driver from Varese, the Italian rally champion in 2020 and 2022 and winner of the Monza Rally Show in 2019, has asserted his experience in the specialty by outclassing all the 99 opponents who have tried, unsuccessfully, to compete for the top step of the podium.

In fact, after two cars were forced to retire due to technical problems at the end of the shakedown on Saturday, there were 100 drivers at the start of the “Monzino”, which gave life to four hard-fought Special Stages for a total of 81.4 Km covered. , in front of a cheering audience arranged on the terraces and stands of the Temple of Speed.

Crugnola, sailed by his partner Marina Carmellino, showed up at Monza driving a Citroën C3 R5 from Movisport, and was also able to beat the only WRC Plus in the race, the Ford Fiesta driven by Guido Zanazio And Cesare Brusa, who alternated in the roles of driver and navigator between the various tests and who closed the weekend in third overall, after being in second place until the start of the fourth test.

Crugnola-Carmellino, who conquered the success with more than 20 seconds of margin on the first rivals, were good at starting immediately strong, winning both the PS in the morning, the Vedovati 1 and the Special Vedovati 2, and putting between themselves and the two drivers of the WRC Plus an important margin, administered until the end. What made the difference was the second test of the day – after a very balanced first scratch and concluded in favor of the winners by just one tenth – with Crugnola and Carmellino who preceded the rival duo by 16.9 seconds.

Zanazio-Brusa tried to reassemble, grabbing the third Special Stage, but they ran into a bad fourth heat, so much so that they couldn’t even confirm second place, stolen in the final by just two tenths of a second. Luca Tosini And Roberto Peroglio, third in 2021, on a Skoda Fabia R5 from Historika. Less fortunate was last year’s star performer Marco Butti who, after a comforting start, damaged the car by losing some positions and finishing sixth with his Hyundai I20 (Dimensione Corse).

The Special Rally Circuit closed the sports season of the Temple of Speed. A year that saw the Autodrome become the home of endurance for two consecutive weeks in July, hosting both the European Le Mans Series and the World Endurance Championship, before recording a record attendance during Formula 1 Pirelli Italian Grand Prix 2022, with the red tide that inflamed the stands of the Brianza circuit for three days.